Erik Blow

Erik Blow

Ashland WI, Minocqua WI

Erik Blow's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Erik Blow's Bio

If you were to ever need to come find me, look no further than the woods or alpine. Adventure on and off the trail is what I live for, and that's what I've been doing for as long as I can remember. From Haines to Acadia, anywhere at any season has the potential for a great expedition.

Erik Blow

Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

I have now become prone to the habit of brining this hammock with me on every adventure possible. There is no sweeter relief than to take the waffle stompers off after a long day on the trail and doze in this dream maker. The fact that it packs so small gives you almost no reason not to bring it along, especially if you are canoe camping. Also, if you have the discipline, you can begin to master the art of hammock acrobatics. The Bummer: it doesn't come with straps.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

4 5

I had been on the market for a pair of casual shoes that could handle urban and woodland activities without being a hiking boot but also not being a pair of cheap Nikes from a department store. The happy medium? Patagonia Boaris shoes. I wouldn't go and try to conquer some 14ers in Colorado, but for being labeled as a casual shoe, these do hold up to an active lifestyle. The vibram sole is definitely the winning touch, a top of the line sole with legendary grip and durability on a sturdy but light leather upper. My suggestion; if your feet sweat a lot, get the A/C. The regular boaris' are great, but do not nearly have the breathability.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

People have said it before me, but I'll say it too; This is good stuff. The Down Sweater itself is already legendary for its weight to warmth ratio, but with an added hoodie, this is an unstoppable winter layer. It effortlessly cuts all wind and cold while weighing so minimal it feels like a t-shirt. The hood is helmet and big head compatible, deep enough to pretty much bury your face in if necessary. this is my go to jacket for cold fall camp days, dry winter adventures and anytime I need warmth fast.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on January 1, 2012

5 5

I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail. The waist band is really comfortable and none of the seams chafe, my only concern is no cuff on the bottom of the legs.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on January 1, 2012

5 5

I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I have always been a teva guy, and still respect the company, but these are just too good. The way the footbed hugs the arch and cradles the foot is unprecedented in the sandal world. It also brings to mind birkenstocks and their argument of a firmer sole is better over a plush, pillowy footbed. I'll have to agree. The strap system feels like it's not even there, but does a great job securing the foot from heel strike to push-off. The only thing is the straps tend to shift when they are new, meaning repetitive adjustment until they settle down.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

4 5

These are great for apres ski and getting wood from the wood pile, even general about town traipsing. The insulation is noticeable but not overwhelming, and the vibram sole grips like a vibram sole should. The only problem is that they feel a bit chunky and oversized, a problem that can be solved by thicker socks. Overall really nice.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

These are by far the most comfortable, durable pants I have ever seen or worn. MK has got something right going on in their bottoms department. I own a pair of these and a pair of the Alpine Utility Shorts and they are pretty much all I wear whether I am climbing, walking about town, hiking, packing or canoeing. The softness of these pants is incredible as well, butter compared to carhartts and the likes.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

4 5

I purchased one of these 70 L packs to use on an extended weekend trip in the BWCA in mid-October. It worked great! We were constantly bombarded by rain, snow, sleet and wind and this bag stayed toasty dry inside, which is good news for my down sleeping bag. Using a chunk of foam padding as a back panel helps greatly, and will hold all of your gear. The strap system is quite comfortable even while portaging a 70 lb royalex canoe. Great buy!

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on September 20, 2011

5 5

I don't climb, but I love carabiners for their ability to work for almost any situation in the backcountry. I purchased a positron to add some lockers to my collection and I am not dissapointed. Smooth, sleek, and just the right size, these biners will soon be my primary for bear hangs and the attachment of anything to a solid surface. BD rocks!

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on September 20, 2011

5 5

First off, I'm not really much of a climber, but I always enjoy having carabiners for other connective uses. I ordered the rocklock to get a locking carabiner into my lineup, and might I say, it is HUGE! Besides the size, I love the thing. Handy for bear hangs, clipping accesories to packs, pretty much any thing.BD knows how to make a sleek, well functioning product.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

5 5

This fleece/buttery smooth poly jacket is so comfy. the Hi-loft is definetley the way to go. For warmth, comfort and compressability, this is the best option. The fit is perfect for me, a 6 foot, 165 lb. person in Medium as Patagonia sizes generously. If I were forced to find a fault, it would be the large cuffs that you cannot adjust. The Primaloft works wonders in the cold (I just tested it on the windy shores of Lake Superior for a week). No windproofing, so this is perfect under a winter shell, or a medium patagonia torrentshell jacket, which I own.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on August 15, 2011

5 5

These are a really good pair of polarized sunglasses. I have the maple tort with brown lenses and they are the best for clear vision and comfort out of all the glasses I have owned. I'm seeing things I never have before! I use them for looking good on town, mountain biking, canoeing and pretty much anything else.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on August 11, 2011

5 5

Yes, you have to manually blow it up, but it is well worth the potential light-headedness. The 2.5 inch thickness is luxurious, I have never slept better on the ground. Sometimes I sleep better on this than some beds. Big Agnes hit the mark with the air core line, for the price you cannot beat them period. Stuffs a little bigger than a nalgene.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on July 23, 2011

5 5

I find these to be my go to casual shoes nowadays. the comfort is unsurpassed, it feels like each pair was made specifically for your feet. Only after a few wears they mold to every nook and cranny of your foot, providing nice support while still keeping the barefoot feeling. The canvas wears in nicely too, giving it an awesome vintage, lived in look. The only problem? Your feet will most likely sweat in them. Kinda hard not to do with bare feet on a rubber sole.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on July 15, 2011

5 5

These shorts are some of the best I have owned. MK is a great brand, and it really shines through in these shorts. Plenty of pockets for all your stowing needs, and just the right length so they are good for the trail and the town. The 10-oz canvas is unstoppable, but the folks at MK made it feel like supple cloth. At first I thought the shorts were a little chunky in the crotch due to the gusset, but I got used to it. I'm wearing a 36 where I am usually a 34, so size up. Looks great with a patagonia friction belt!

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

5 5

Toko brushes are the way to go. Brushing your skis provides a whole new world of speed and enjoyment to all levels of skiing. If you are a racer, be sure to get a metal brush, either copper or steel, for initial wax removal and structure detailing.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

5 5

Yes, it is expensive. But, if you are like me and Nordic ski race a lot, it is so worth the money. Ski racing is never a cheap sport, so it only seems fair to pay decent amounts of money to go really fast. And I mean fast. If you go to any major race in the world you will definitely see swix HF waxes on the benches of the pros. I've been to a few of these races myself and used these waxes and swear by them.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

5 5

These are great waxes to have in every box, racer or newbie. They have proven durable and true to their temperatures every time. A great, cheap alternative to Swix's VR line of racing kick waxes for those who aren't too serious. I found that sometimes these work well in a pinch for racing too, covering better temperature ranges than the VR. However, these are not iron on waxes. Cork only.

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